Bully for Brontosaurus: Reflections in Natural History by Stephen Jay Gould

By Stephen Jay Gould

"Provocative and delightfully discursive essays on normal historical past. . . . Gould is the Stan Musial of essay writing. He can paintings himself right into a corkscrew of rules and inconceivable allusions paragraph after paragraph after which, uncoiling, hit it with such energy that his fanatics understand they're experiencing the sport of essay writing at its best."—John Noble Wilford, ny occasions e-book Review

The many fanatics who've come to count on a uniquely huge variety of topic and chic, discerning prose from Stephen Jay Gould may be extremely joyful with this new assortment, which the writer considers through a long way his most sensible. those essays list a sixty-year conflict opposed to creationism, the bicentennial of the French Revolution, the triumph of Voyager's fly-by of Neptune, and different wonders of the realm. Drawings.

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He has slept badly in the narrow bed & felt like some beetle or other strange creature till outside dawn spread its wings & he could rise & continue his work. True, he’d give anything now to rest again but any minute now they would call him to table. Perhaps they’ll serve a pike, then escalope & to finish a compote of wild berries. Bohemians know a thing or two about cooking: the sweet dumplings with his morning coffee were a joy & his dearest beloved seemed so gentle again, of such delicate humor & fondness for himself he all but died of loving hope & felt his heart throb in his throat.

G. Sebald’s poems present the translator with a number of quandaries, at least one of which does not derive from disparities between the English and the German languages, or directly from the poet’s wide-ranging allusiveness. The problem I am referring to arises because the translation—in bodying forth a poem that claims to address exactly the same subject that the poem does in German, and even to represent the author’s language—has no choice but to turn itself into a vehicle of the very difficulties that may have prompted Sebald’s poem in the first place.

A deserted house, the icy cold here, the corridors and chambers, the flight from the alcove, the blind window-pane, the flash of a lance, the barely audible cry of horror. And at the end of the act they carry the pierced corpse across the stage in a piece of crimson tapestry. A Waltz Dream The traveler has finally arrived at the border post A customs official has untied his laces removed his shoes His luggage rests abandoned on the planed floorboards His pigskin suitcase gapes, his poor soul has flown His body, last of his personal effects awaits meticulous scrutiny Dr.

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